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With the football season coming to an end, Goal looks back at how the big European clubs fared this term. In this edition we look at Borussia Dortmund' campaign..

By Brendon Netto

This Season's Stats
                  Bundesliga: 2nd
Champions League: Runners-up
DFB Polkal: Quarter-finals
DFL Supercup: Runners-up
Games: 52
Won: 29
Lost: 10
Drawn: 13
Win %: 55.77%
GF: 118
GA: 61
GF ratio: 2.27
GA ratio: 1.17



Borussia Dortmund got off to a horrific start to the league campaign. They could only manage 4 wins in their first 10 games while their title challengers, Bayern Munich started like a house on fire. The Bavarians won 9 of their first 10, opening up an 11 point gap between themselves and Dortmund.

The defending champions never recovered from that. Their defense was largely to blame for their downfall. They conceded 42 goals this season when they only let in 25 last season and 22 in the season before. They finished a massive 25 points behind Bayern to sum up a poor defense of their Bundesliga crown.


DFB Pokal


Dortmund never really got going in the league but they started this tournament with real intent. They comfortably won their first 3 games, scoring 12 goals in the bargain.

However, just when it looked like they couldn't be stopped, they met Bayern Munich in the quarter-final and were narrowly beat 1-0, eliminating them from the cup.


DFL Supercup

Dortmund faced, you guessed it, Bayern in the German Supercup at the start of the season. After conceding a two goal deficit, Robert Lewandowski pulled one back for the Borussians but it wasn't enough.

They were made to pay for their woeful first half performance and Bayern did just enough to hold them off in the second period and win 2-1.
This was Bayern's first win against Dortmund following a run of 5 straight defeats against them.

Champions League

After last year's group-stage elimination, Dortmund showed the rest of Europe what they are all about this season. Despite being drawn in 'the group of death' alongside Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax, they emerged as group winners and undefeated. They dispatched Shakhtar Donetsk 5-2 on aggregate in the next round. After missing a plethora of chances away to Malaga in a first leg 0-0 draw, they produced a late comeback in the return leg to win 3-2 in dramatic fashion and advance to the semi-finals.

They slaughtered Madrid 4-1 in the first leg of the semi-final and eventually held on to advance 4-3 on aggregate. Like every other avenue for them this season, Bayern blocked their route to European glory as well. The Bavarians ran out 2-1 winners in a well contested final, leaving the Borussians empty handed.


Top 3 Players

Marco Reus
Robert Lewandowski
Ilkay Gundogan
Marco Reus had a good debut season at Dortmund despite the absence of silverware. The German international was consistently effective and even when the team didn't win, he seemed to play well. He's been vital to their play in the attacking third and his eye for goal was reasserted this season. His display this term softens the blow of Mario Gotze joining Bayern Munich this summer.

Lewandowski is one of the most highly-rated strikers in the world and his performances this season have justified that. He was just a goal away from winning the Golden Boot in the league and he proved to be indispensible for Dortmund this season. His 4-goal haul against Madrid in the Champions League was the highlight of his season and probably raised his market value.

Gundogan has developed into an outstanding central midfielder this season. The 22 year old has bossed the midfield like a seasoned veteran. His range of passing and exceptional vision has been pivitol to Dortmund's build-up play this term. He brings a youthful exuberance to the team's central midfield and his energy and attacking forrays has facilitated his side's brand of football.

Games: 49
Goals: 19
Assists: 16
Games: 49
Goals: 36
Assists: 13
Games: 45

Top 5 Matches

1. 3-2 home win vs Malaga 29 September 2012:

2. 4-1 home win vs Real Madrid 10 November 2012:

3. 5-1 home win vs Hannover 96 19 December 2012:

4. 1-6 away win vs Greuther Furth 13 April 2013:

5. 0-5 away win vs Werder Bremen 19 January 2013:

Interesting Facts

  • The 42 goals Dortmund conceded in the league is just 5 goals less than the amount they conceded in the previous two league campaigns combined.

  • Dortmund's average possession and pass success rate was bettered only by Bayern Munich this season.
  • After enjoying 5 straight wins against Bayern prior to this season, Dortmund have failed to win all 5 encounters this term (W0, L3, D2).



SP Prashanth:

"Dortmund had a stellar season despite the fact that they have not won anything this year. They have improved upon their fallacies of the previous year to return as a stronger force in the Champions League. It was sad to see Gotze being taken away by Bayern, but as long as Klopp is around, I feel this team is only going to get better"


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